The record number of auto recalls this year has led to millions of recalled vehicles remaining in use on the roads. While these vehicles pose threats of catastrophic injuries, Florida motorists may suffer from what has come to be known as recall fatigue. Some are of the opinion that recall notices fail to emphasize the severity of the potential dangers posed by the defects, leaving many consumers underestimating the threat. A recall consultant says that the 544 recalls so far this year equal almost two recalls per day.
Another concerning fact is that large numbers of recalled vehicles remain available through the used car market. Carfax reported that approximately 3.5 million listings in 2013 were recalled vehicles. It is vital for consumers to update their knowledge of recalls before they go shopping for a used car as unsuspecting buyers may find themselves the owners of vehicles that may cause catastrophic injuries or even death.